3714 Crown Shore A

I’m loving these newly listed houses that have snow in their real estate photos! Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a brand-spanking-new listing at 3714 Crown Shore Dr. near Marsh and Forest lanes, and the snow photos are just the tip of the iceberg. (Sorry, I punned.)

This 4-2 ranch has 1,933 square feet, fantastic vaulted ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace, a large skylight, hardwood floors, and covered patio. It is listed by Don Thomas at Virginia Cook Realtors for $220,000.

3714 Crown Shore B

The house has solid curb appeal, with mature trees and landscaping. It needs to be powerwashed to show off that cream-colored brick, but that’s a quick fix. There’s so much to like about this house!


102 Skyline A

Gone with the Wind was a childhood favorite of mine, with its winding storyline, genteel fashion, and dramatic romances. In one memorable scene, Scarlett’s father, Gerald O’Hara, an Irish peasant immigrant, proclaims in his rough brogue, “The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”

That sort of mentality about the importance of land to heritage, identity, and wealth still exists, and there’s something visceral and deeply gratifying about owning actual land, as opposed to, say, stocks, which seem to exist in the ether.

If you’re an urban homeowner, the amount of land you’re likely to own is quite small, as plantations like Tara don’t exist within city limits. But there are properties in DFW with actual land, and for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, I found one sitting on almost an acre in Collin County.

The house at 102 Skyline Dr. in Murphy is listed by William Duke of Carrington Real Estate Service for $259,000 and sits on 0.98 acres. It is located near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 544 and S. Murphy Road.

Murphy is a fast-growing bedroom community of about 18,000 residents, bordered by Plano, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and Parker. It’s about 20 miles from Downtown Dallas, 35 miles from DFW Airport, and 25 miles from Love Field Airport.

This house is a 2,496 square foot fixer-upper with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a pool. At $104 per square foot with all that land, I think it’s got huge potential. Jump to read all about it!


Lanett Front

We talked about photos this week, and how sometimes a listing photo works against a potential sale, but what about fixer-uppers? You already know you’re going to be looking for outdated and slightly funky properties, so I guess the more photos the better, right?

Lanett Living

Well, if you’re in search of a great investment in a fixer-upper, this Lake Highlands home on 1.2 acres (!) is a really great place to start. The price is absolutely right, too, at $445,000. The home is 10752 Lanett Circle, a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath traditional in Highland Meadows with more than 2,800 square feet. And guys, this lot is just gigantic. You get a huge pool with a slide, as well as tons of green space!

Lanett Dining

Once you go inside, though, you see why this home is priced under a half mil. The blue carpet, worn and outdated, has some very funky stains and spots, especially in the kitchen. Also, THERE IS CARPET IN THE KITCHEN. Ugh. That is definitely one of my phobias! Besides that, the cabinets and counters are worn and ugly, and the kitchen and living areas are just coated in ugly wallpaper and dark wood paneling.

Lanett Kitchen

The bedrooms and baths, which also have funky dark carpet everywhere, aren’t nearly so bad as the common areas. There are some great built-ins in the bedrooms, too. And there’s a really great sun room that is definitely a selling point for this house. Just imagine how inviting that will be when winter sets in!

Lanett Sun room Lanett Master

The lot, though, that’s the big selling point for me. It’s just gigantic, and there’s a great pool, too. Just go ahead and find a great contractor like Sardone Construction to do a walk-through with you. They can tell you how to convert this ugly house into your dream home!

Lanett Back